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Intro to Valuation

Valuation of Ecosystem Services: Intro to Valuation

Is the Goat Islands project dead?

In October of last year, CSF published a study in collaboration with Niras Fraenkel Ltd. and the Conservation Agreement Fund and with funding from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, on the environmental and economic impacts of building a port on Jamaica's Goat Islands. The findings were positive: building an equivalent facility at a place called Macarry Bay, to the west of Goat Islands, would cost an estimated $200 million less to build, and will a far smaller environmental cost.

Oficina sobre Planos de Negócios Sustentáveis para Produtos da Sociobiodiversidade

Planos de Negócios Sustentáveis para Produtos da Sociobiodiversidade

A Conservação Estratégica (CSF) realizou nos dias 7 e 8 de Maio de 2015 no Rio de Janeiro - RJ a oficina sobre Planos de Negócios Sustentáveis para Produtos da Sociobiodiversidade.

CSF dives into Indonesia!

Potato Game

The outdoor pavilion in the center of Mimpi Resort Menjangan rang with shouts of “Potatoes! Very Cheap!” “$6 a bag! Who will sell for 6?” “Cheapest in town! Come see my potatoes!” “Who wants to make a deal?” And our course on Economic Tools for Marine Conservation in Indonesia was underway. Twenty-two participants from institutions around the country were engaged in their first economic game, experiencing the principles of microeconomics by participating in a market, and working towards an equilibrium price for a sack of potatoes.

CSF begins analysis of proposed dam in Brazil's Tapajós river basin

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Tapajós river basin, Pará State, Brazil © Camila Jericó-Daminello

After an inventory of potential dams in the Tapajós river basin was released in 2008, the area has been hailed as the new frontier of energy development in Brazil. Due to the typically extensive environmental and social impacts of dam construction, governments and communities in the Amazon region have been engaged in discussions over the past few years on how to mitigate impacts on people and nature. Some dam projects are already underway with many more on the drawing board.

Ecosystem Services and Optimal Rotation Age

Forestry Economics: Ecosystem Services and Optimal Rotation Age

Forestry Economics: Optimal Rotation Age (Part 2)

Forestry Economics: Optimal Rotation Age (Part 2)

Nepalese conservationist wins long court battle using economics learned from CSF course

Bird in Godawari Forest

CSF International Course graduate Prakash Mani Sharma, Executive Director and Senior Advocate for Pro Public, wrote to us last month with some stunning news. On April 16th, 2015, the Supreme Court of Nepal set a precedent in the area of environment protection by ordering the closure of the mining company, Godawari Marble Industries. This decision is the result of over a decade of litigation by Pro Public to protect the 330 species of butterflies, 254 birds, 80 tree varieties, and 571 types of fruits in Godawari and the Phulchowki hills near the mine.

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